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Thursday, July 31, 2014

CARICOM takes reparation case to the Brits

Trinidad and Tobago: The man leading the fight by Caribbean governments to make Britain and other European slave owning nations pay for enslaving Africans in the region was earlier this month allowed to take the region’s case for reparations to the same British Parliament which had legalized the slave trade, calling on today’s members to right a cruel wrong that was meted out to Caribbean people by their predecessors. Comment

Dances Patrelle presents ‘Romeo & Juliet’

Arts & Theater: Dances Patrelle presents “Romeo & Juliet,” a dazzling 25th Anniversary Performance from Sept. 11-14, 2014 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, E. 68th Street between Park and Lexington avenues, NYC. Performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available beginning Aug. 1, 2014 at www.dancespatrelle.org or in person at The Kaye Playhouse Box Office. Comment

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beyond the street protests

Caribbean: UNITED NATIONS, (IPS) - Women’s empowerment and political participation are not only crucial for women: they are essential for effective democratic governance, one which promotes human rights and equity. The same can be said about the importance of boosting youth political participation. Comment

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 4 Minute Mile (PG-13 for mature themes, violence, drinking, drugs, smoking and profanity) Overcoming-the-odds drama about the unlikely friendship forged between an at-risk teen (Kelly Blatz) and the reclusive, retired track coach (Richard Jenkins) who agrees to train him. With Analeigh Tipton, Kim Basinger, Cam Gigandet and Rhys Coiro. Comment

Monday, July 28, 2014

EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rules - Good for business, good for the economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on? Comment

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The biggest drug haul to be made in recent times by Caribbean law enforcement agencies was carried out by The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua recently. Lawmen swooped down on a property at Old Runway and seized 480 kilograms of cocaine worth about EC$17 million. Comment

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jamaica gets US$20M to train 15,000 youth

Jamaica: The World Bank says about 15,000 young Jamaicans will benefit from training, digital work opportunities and seed investments to boost the digital and animation industries in the country as a result of a US$ 20 million loan. The Washington-based financial institution said on July 18 that the loan is for a Youth Employment in Digital & Animation Industries Project. Comment

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrating Haitian Culture, a huge success!

Music: “There is momentum and excitement when you have a festival with an abundance of events,” says a slightly exhausted Regine Roumain, director of Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) that recently wrapped up its six-week 25-event “Selebrasyon!,” a cultural extravaganza celebrating Haitian arts. Comment

Revelers seek to ‘Raise the Bar’

Music: Detailz Mas Camp is relentlessly working to make its sophomore year of participation on Eastern Parkway for the Labor Day celebration a memorable one for its revelers. At the helm is Trinidadian born Michael “Mr Detailz” Dubois. Comment

Plans to rebuild Haiti capital displace families

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The broad avenues in the Haitian government’s promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass. The new ministry buildings are sleek and modern but retain some of the neo-classical architecture of the former structures lost to natural disaster. Comment

Guyana Amazon Warriors lead points table

Jamaica: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League runners up for 2013 were the Guyana Amazon Warriors but this year the team seems to have a plan to be in the final and win it. So far in the competition, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have played three games and won all, placing them at a six-point lead on the chart. Comment

Jamaica marks anniversary of Marcus Garvey group

Jamaica: The Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C. has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Negro Improvement Association – African Communities League (UNIA) formed by the country’s national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Comment

ARUBA HUNGER STRIKE

Any visitor to the Caribbean island of Aruba in the past week might not have missed the fact that the most important item of debate in the country would have been protest hunger strike Prime Minister Mike Eman and other high officials had undertaken against alleged Dutch interference in financial affairs on the island. Comment

GOAL SCORER

Brooklyn: Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his league-leading 17th goal of the season in the Red Bulls 1-1 draw against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday night in front of 20,000 fans at Red Bull arena. He has a good chance of winning the 2014 MLS Golden Boot award if he continues his scoring trend. Wright’s closest contender for the scoring title is another Englishman, Dom Dwyer of Sporting Kansas City, who registered 15 tallies so far. Saturday night’s tally was Wright’s sixth in his last five games. Comment

New Nets coach garners support

Experience could have been a big and important factor in bringing a National Basketball Association title to Brooklyn, according to most of the basketball followers and the new coach certainly has the ingredients that are needed for such a goal for this upcoming season. This coach was a player for the Portland Trail Blazers during their NBA championship year. Comment

Bratton’s ‘troubling’ statement

Staten Island: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams says while he applauds Police Commissioner William Bratton’s plans to retrain all police officers on the use of force in light of the ongoing investigation in the Eric Garner case, he is concerned about Bratton’s remarks on the issue of race. Comment

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tiny Barbuda grapples with rising seas

CODRINGTON, Barbuda, June 30, 2014 (IPS) - The 1,800 residents of the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda are learning to adapt as climate change proves to be a force to reckon with, disrupting not just the lives of the living but also the resting places of those who died centuries ago. Comment

Guyana radio producer receives posthumous citations

Guyana: Guyana–born Joseph Dennis Livingstone received three high honors on June 28 when a diverse gathering of friends, colleagues and associates packed into the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building to pay tribute to his legacy. The 62-year-old Caribbean immigrant received posthumous citations from elected officials representing the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Comment

Picture perfect Vincy Unity Picnic

St Vincent: Thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life last Saturday converged on Brown’s Bay Provincial Park in the 1,000 Island area in southeastern Ontario, Canada, for the annual massive Vincentian Unity Picnic. Comments (1)

Plenty there to make them samba happy

No one ought to have been surprised when much of the soccer-mania that seemed to grip the U.S. during the World Cup, after the American team made it into the knockout round, disappeared once the team was quickly eliminated. Although the network telecast of the Germany-Argentina final posted fairly decent viewer numbers, there’s no doubt the U.S. team making it into that game would have done wonders for ABC’s ratings. Comment

Reggae in the Park

Music: Reggae music fans are in for a treat on July 26 when Central Park Summerstage showcases the only reggae concert of their 2014 season at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. While the diverse and largest, free festival in New York City is slated to offer 105 performing arts events from June to August this year, Caribbean music gets a singular afternoon to show-off a few of its best. Grammy winning, Jamaican reggae artists Junior “One Blood” Reid and Chonixx are the top billing names for the concert. Comment

Sun Kulcha

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Universal health coverage consultations

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean, are holding national consultations to discuss the way forward to reach universal health coverage. Comment

GWOKA’S RHYTHMS

Music: A spirited debate marked opening ceremonies of the 27th annual Gwoka Festival, July 9-14 in Sainte Anne, Guadeloupe. In particular, the news that Gwoka (Creole word for large drum), once the expressions of an oppressed people is now under consideration for an UNESCO world heritage designation. Panelists and members of the public weighed in on the direction of the music, some seeing it as an opportunity for economic development others concerned about its role as independent voice. Comments (1)

Zach Braff stars in dysfunctional family dramedy

Movies: As an actor, Zach Braff is most closely associated with the character J.D. from Scrubs, the Emmy-winning sitcom which enjoyed a nine-year run on network television from 2001 to 2010. As a director, he is best known for “Garden State,” the quirky, semi-autobiographical feature film where he played a struggling actor who returns to his hometown in Jersey for his mother’s funeral. Comments (1)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Clean energy revolution in the Caribbean

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 14, 2014 (IPS) - Lefties Food Stall, a pint-sized eatery serving Barbados’ signature flying-fish sandwiches, recently became the first snack shack on the Caribbean island to be fitted with a solar panel. Comment

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Paid leave can help fix our imperfect marketplace

National: As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again: The marketplace is essential but not perfect. It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner. I don’t mean winner in the sense of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Rather, a winner in the sense of middle class—with access to some discretionary income. Comment

Kamarley ‘Da Big Show’ left the city talking

Music: Last year, as Caribbean-American Heritage Month approached its sunset with a Caribbean-American open air concert featuring Mighty Sparrow, Lima Calvio of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and Val Adams, then Calypso King of Grenada, who had the Borough Hall, Brooklyn crowd rollicking. This year, as the ninth year of the celebration culminated on June 26 at Columbus Park, Borough Hall, it was the six-year-old Kamarley, who held his own among the likes of Antigua’s Soca Queen Claudette “CP” Peters, T&T’s Sherma Andrews and Panama’s Magaly. The six-year-old excited the crowd with the quality of his Reggae and Soca renditions, and artistic synchrony of body language and musical rhythm which belie the tenderness of his age. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cannibal (Unrated) Romantic thriller about a serial killer (Antonio de la Torre) who feels no remorse about devouring his victims until he falls in love with the sister (Olimpia Melinte) of his last meal. With Maria Alfonsa Rosso, Florin Fildan and Manolo Solo. (In Romanian and Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Friday, July 18, 2014

JAMAICA’S TOP COP RESIGNS

Jamaica: Minister of National Security Peter Bunting killed off the hopes of a nation in Parliament on Tuesday when he deflected questions from opposition legislators as to why Jamaican Police Chief Owen Ellington suddenly handed in his retirement papers. There have been charges from people close to the commissioner that he was forced out of the position by western nations angry with him and the top brass for not dealing with a hit squad in the police force, allegedly responsible for more than 70 executions in recent years. Comment

Jamaica’s beloved GG Cooke passes

Jamaica: Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke—Jamaica’s fourth Governor General died in the capital city of Kingston on July 11 at age 98. The former representative of Queen Elizabeth II served in the capacity from Aug. 1 1991 to Feb. 15, 2006 and would have celebrated another birthday anniversary in October. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has pumped US$120 million into the water and sanitation sector in the Caribbean in the last 40 years. CDB’s acting Vice-President (Operations) Nigel Romano made this disclosure while addressing the recent opening of a two-day Regional Water Sector Assessment Workshop at the CDB. Romano said the money was channeled into various areas including basic infrastructure, water treatment plant, distribution and storage facilities and technical assistance,The bank is currently assisting with projects in Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia. Comment

No place for human trafficking

Caribbean: Ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations, John Ashe, has declared that human trafficking has no place in the modern world. Comment

Windies cricket icons cop key roles in CPL

St Kitts and Nevis: Two West Indies cricket icons, Sir Gary Sobers and Sir Vivian Richards have been appointed to key roles in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which is underway. Comment

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘From Gutter to Glory’

Books: It was a long, hard, road to travel but Jamaican author and Professor Dr. Karlene Richardson was able to make it out “From Gutter to Glory” as she reveals her struggles and successes in her autobiography by the same name. Comment

Baby steps to improving chemical safety

Viewpoints: In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals. Comment

Chris Gayle slams C.P.L ton

Trinidad and Tobago: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League’s 2013 champion, the Jamaica Tallawahs, defeated the St. Lucia Zouks by seven wickets during the opening Twenty20 match in St. George’s, Grenada last Saturday. Captain of the Jamaica Tallawahs Chris Gayle scored his first C.P.L 100. Gayle scored 111 runs off 63 balls with 10 massive sixes and five fours. The St. Lucia Zouks scored 161 runs off their 20 overs while the Jamaica Tallawahs scored 162 for 3 off 19 overs. Comments (1)

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME

Arts & Theater: Nearly 18 years after his violent death, rap icon Tupac Shakur is having a major impact on the lives of inner city youth through the Broadway show based on his lyrics and poetry. The 150-minute show is being staged at the Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway. Comment

Two hefty servings of Caribbean comedy

Arts & Theater: Two superstars of Caribbean comedy, Trevor Eastmond of Barbados and Sprangalang of Trinidad and Tobago, will share the spotlight Saturday evening, July 19, in a special comedy showcase presentation designed to treat fans to generous helpings of the crackerjack material that has made the two headliners household names on the comedy circuit. Comment

Georgetown’s ‘Rising Star’

Guyanese around the world are glued to their television sets as they vote at a fever pitch with a special App, to keep Georgetown-born songstress, Lisa Punch who made it through to the second round on ABC’s reality hit show “Rising Star” singing competition. Comment

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jamaican could be England’s 1st female bishop

Jamaica: The Church of England is the “mother church” of the global Anglican Communion. Reportedly, its membership comprises approximately 80 million people in more than 165 countries. However, in 2014 Anglican women bishops are still elusive in England. Comment

WORLD CUP LESSONS

Sports: By all reports, the most successful World Cup in recent times ended in Brazil last Sunday with Germany winning its fourth world title in defeating Argentina, 1-0. The Germans deservedly took home all the spoils, but for many of the rest of us, there were myriad reminders and lessons learned. Comment

It’s ‘eyes right’ for the GOP hopefuls

Viewpoints: So, while the Hillary watch proceeds among Democrats looking toward 2016 with expectations of another winning standard bearer, on the Republican side the courtship dance by presidential aspirants to win over primary voters is in progress as well, with all the pandering to the right-wing element that now is set in stone as definitive shapers of the GOP brand. Clearly intent on assuring that flaming red base that he’s very much in the presidential hunt, even with his barrage of problems across the river, is New Jersey’s Chris Christie. Chances are the field won’t be as easy to dominate as it once looked for him. Comment

Golden Krust Brooklynite celebrates his Caribbean business, heritage

June was Caribbean heritage month, and in terms of Caribbean business, the best examples of Caribbean business heritage are the families behind Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill. In addition to the company’s CEO, Lowell Hawthorne and the Hawthorne family members, there is their cousin, Stanley Dennis, someone Lowell Hawthorne at a recent event called, his business partner and family friend who always says, “A say yes” when they discuss major challenges in conference calls and business meetings. Comments (3)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Opposition sides claim Haiti elections jeopardized

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Leading opposition factions are alleging that Haiti’s presidentially appointed electoral council is stacking the deck in favor of President Michel Martelly, who has scheduled long-delayed legislative and municipal elections for October. Comment

NY’s Black educators celebrate 39 yrs of service

People: Under the theme of “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future,” the Association of Black Educators of New York (ABENY) held its 39th Annual Scholarships and Award Luncheon at the Antun’s in Queens Village, on June 21, 2014. Comment

Ahye beats Fraser-Pryce in Glasgow GP 100m

Trinidad and Tobago: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago cemented her burgeoning sprinting reputation by winning the 100 meters at the Glasgow Grand Prix on Saturday. Comment

Dingolay set for an ‘Epic’ day on The Parkway

Arts & Theater: Dingolay costume band unveiled its Mas Camp with an “Epic” array of bedazzling costumes to attract masqueraders to its themed white one-color band, set for Sept. 1 on Eastern Parkway. Comment

Monday, July 14, 2014

Queens Borough president honors ‘Impressions’

Arts & Theater: Newly elected Queens Borough President Melinda Katz applauded Artistic Director of the Cambria Heights Impressions Dance Theatre Ms. Verna Walcott-White, for motivating and enriching the lives of children by promoting skills that enhance multicultural and creative dance. Comment

New data sends wake-up call on Caribbean reefs

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 9, 2014 (IPS) - Marine environmentalist Eli Fuller, who for the past two decades has been exploring the coastline of Antigua and Barbuda, warns that while there has been “dramatic changes” to coral reefs since he was a little boy, “it’s getting worse and worse.” Comment

Grace, danger blend in Haiti’s machete fighting

Haiti: JACMEL, Haiti (AP) — Two men pivot and slide in a forest clearing, their bodies weaving before a handful of spectators in what could be a graceful dance except that each waves a machete, blades glinting in tropical sunlight. Comment

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Obama’s quick fix won’t solve the regional refugee crisis

National: SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2014 (IPS) - In recent months, an unprecedented surge of refugee women and children has been traveling alone to the United States to seek protection at our southern border. Comment

Digital programs can make summer slim down simple

Health: (StatePoint) The irony of summer is that for many people, it’s the most important time of year to stay fit, but it can actually be the hardest time of year to stick to one’s diet. Comments (1)

Nicolas Cage stars in a gruesome vigilante flick

Movies: In recent years, Nicholas Cage has made a lot of mediocre movies, and “Rage” is no exception. This B-movie action flick might be best thought of as an unapologetic rip-off of the Liam Neeson vigilante vehicle “Taken.” Comment

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aftermath (Unrated) Post-apocalyptic thriller, set in rural Texas, about nine strangers’ stuck in a farmhouse fallout shelter attempt to survive radiation sickness and a horde of starving refugees in the wake of the devastation wrought by a nuclear holocaust. Co-starring Edward Furlong, William Baldwin, Monica Keena, Andre Royo, C.J. Thomason, Luis Da Silva, Jr., Bo Mitchell, Randall Reeder and Christine Kelly. Comment

Friday, July 11, 2014

Calypso group honors ‘5 top legends’

A Brooklyn-based calypso group has honored “five top legends” in the art form. Three Star Productions honored the “legends” at a pre-Father’s Day show and awards ceremony at the Three Star Juice Lounge on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GRAND FATHER’S BACKPAY

Trinidad and Tobago: Back in March, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders approved a 10-point plan to make European nations like Britain, Spain and France pay people of the region for enslaving their ancestors and to make up for the violent change in lifestyle that experts say manifests itself in a string of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension and other problems affecting those alive today. Comment

Dynamic Airways grounded until August 8

Guyana: Dynamic Airways has been grounded less than a month after the North Carolina-based charter service began its operations to the Republic of Guyana in partnership with Roraima Airways. Comment

‘Euro Soul’ dining at Pa-Nash Restaurant, Queens

Jamaican American entrepreneurs Annette and Noel Runcie have brought a unique style of dining to the heart of Rosedale, Queens, offering a special Euro Soul cuisine that fuses rich Caribbean and Moroccan flavors, served in an upscale ambiance. Comment

Hurdlers set fast times in Paris

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States ran a year-leading 12.44 seconds to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday while Hansle Parchment of Jamaica set the fastest time in the 110 hurdles this season. Comment

Joseph seeks marathon races

Trinidad and Tobago: Robert Fain while on a political campaign trip to Long Beach, New York recently, entered into a 5K road race as he enjoyed competing in such events and won the event in 16:59. Comment

Screwball adventure unfolds in Las Vegas

Movies: The surprise hit “Think Like a Man” was #1 at the box-office over its opening weekend back in April of 2012. Inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” the original explored some of the serious issues tackled by the popular, relationship advice book by examining the angst of four couples in relationship crisis. Comment

‘The bravest man in the universe’ passes

Music: Robert Dwayne (Bobby) Womack was revered as the consummate soul singer. He was inducted to the Rock & Roll hall of Fame. A Grammy-nominated recorder, he sang back-up for Sam Cooke and was also his guitarist. He also was acclaimed for playing the guitar. I was a true fan of his soulful renditions. Whether he sang solo or with Patti LaBelle and others, he held his own as a gospel, blues, r&b and soul champion. That is where he sang from – the soul. Comment

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Support grows for Marijuana Commission

Two influential, New York-based drug policy groups have supported the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) decision to establish a Regional Marijuana Commission. Comment

PNM leader to attend forums in NYC

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Keith Rowley, political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) in Trinidad and Tobago and leader of the opposition in the country’s Parliament, is due in New York the end of this week to address and interact with nationals of the twin-island republic, at two main public forums arranged by the People’s National Movement International Inc. Comment

CMI appoints International Committee chair

Jamaica: The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) based in Jamaica has appointed Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, trade and investment analyst and former consul general in New York, as chair of its International Committee. The CMI is a key partner with the government of Jamaica, in the development of the highly anticipated Logistic Hub in Jamaica which is an international gateway of economic trade. Comment

An absurd measure of presidential competence

Viewpoints: Folks on the right who engage in unrelenting Obama bashing were recently given a new addition for their collection of poison darts when a Quinnipiac poll ranking American presidents since World War II indicated that Obama was chosen by 33 percent of respondents as the worst of the lot, even “outscoring” George W. Bush for the dubious distinction, Bush getting the nod of 28 percent of those polled. Comment

BATTLE FOR THE CUP

Sports: And then there were two! After 32 teams battled over the past month to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup championship game in Brazil’s Maracana Stadium, the largest in the world, on Sunday, Germany and Argentina are left standing. Both teams survived to play in Sunday’s final game (3:00 p.m. ABC TV) because of their experience, discipline and organization on the field. Comment

‘Demerara Gold’ at Dorothy S. Theatre

Arts & Theater: Classically trained Guyanese born Ingrid Griffith, will bring her satirical act to the stage of the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in New York City when she debuts her one-woman “Demerara Gold” on July 17, 18, and 19 at 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., respectively. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: FAMILY DAY: SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Bronx Family Day, an afternoon filled with fast-paced and funny storytelling packed with audience participation, unconventional music making and Hip-Hop geared specifically for kids. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive drumming and storytelling workshops in addition to face painting and more! The fun will be from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m and is free to the public. St. Mary’s Park between St. Ann’s and Jackson avenues. Comment

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

United front key to weathering climate change

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten, July 2, 2014 (IPS) - As the costs of climate change continue to mount, officials with the Commonwealth grouping say it is vital that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) stick together on issues such as per capita income classification. Comment

US Navy appoints first female four-star admiral

People: Top ranking is how some Jamaicans might rank the first female four-star admiral ever appointed in the 236-year history of the U.S. Navy. Admiral Michelle Howard made history on July 1 when she was promoted at Arlington National Cemetery. The high ranking appointment named her the number one female admiral in the military. Comment

COLOMBIA’S ‘HAT TRICK’

Music: FIFA kicked everyone else to the curb by naming Colombian pop star Shakira, the headline closing performer at the July 13 ceremony, which will mark the end of Brazil’s World Cup soccer competition. Comment

Fighting killer diseases is essential in the post-2015 Agenda

Viewpoints: GENEVA, July 7, 2014 (IPS) - Undeniably, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped lift specific health concerns onto the global agenda. For example, maternal mortality, which is addressed in MDG 5, declined 45 percent from 1990 to 2013, while deaths of children under five (MDG 4) dropped from 12.4 million to 6.6 million worldwide from 1990 to 2012, (both statistics from the World Health Organisation). If trends do not change, by 2030 NCDs will be the leading global cause of disability. Comment

How a fairer tax code can improve America’s infrastructure

As Congress heads home to celebrate the Fourth of July, it leaves with two critical issues unaddressed. The first is the increasing – and troubling – trend of big corporations essentially giving up their American citizenship and reincorporating overseas to reduce their U.S. taxes. Comment

First Black ‘Phantom’ arrives on Broadway

Arts & Theater: History continues to name African-Americans in achieving, first-time positions on Broadway. This time, the honor goes to actor Norm Lewis who is currently starring as the principal character in “The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest running show. Lewis stepped into the demanding role after the musical opera’s 26-year run at the Majestic Theater. Comment

Wingate gets high with Caribbean culture

Music: George Wingate High School in Brooklyn came alive last Friday with a grand celebration of Caribbean culture. The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Community Affairs Bureau and New Immigrant Outreach Unit partnered with the New York Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Consular Corps and the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in staging a spectacular show in commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment

Sunday, July 6, 2014

COP political leader re-elected

Congress of the People (COP) political leader Prakash Ramdhar was re-elected to the helm of the party at Sunday’s internal election for the post of political leader of the party. Comment

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Atlanta Center for Diseases Control (CDC) is advising U.S. travelers to the Caribbean to protect themselves from mosquito bites because of the spreads of the chikunguyana virus now affecting 20 islands in the region. Comment

CARICOM concerned over illegal guns

Trinidad and Tobago: Eleven CARICOM States reported more than 2,000 homicides last year, 2000 illegal guns seized and a gang membership of more than 35,000 and growing, Comment

Guyana Tri-State Alliance to honor youth

Guyana: Brooklyn Borough President The Honorable Eric Adams, and New York City Council member The Honorable Dr. Mathieu Eugene will host an awards presentation to celebrate youth, in commemoration of Guyana 48th Independence Anniversary. Comment

Friday, July 4, 2014

Not so ‘dynamic’ trip to Guyana

Guyana: Angry words of frustration were expressed by Guyanese travelers who were stranded at Cheddi Jagan International Airport after startup Dynamic Airways cancelled its Sunday morning flight fresh on the heels of its inaugural launch on Thursday 26 with a promised scheduled $499.00 round trip ticket. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Affluenza (Unrated) Class conscious drama, set in 2008, about a social-climbing, pot-smoking shutterbug (Ben Rosenfield) who abandons his humdrum life to hang out in the Hamptons with his gorgeous cousin (Nicola Peltz) and her clique of privileged friends. With Steve Guttenberg, Greg Sulkin, Grant Gustin and Samantha Mathis. Comment

Thursday, July 3, 2014

‘POT’ LAW GETS A REMAKE

Jamaica: Jamaica inched closer to decriminalizing the use of marijuana by announcing approval of its use for medicinal purposes. Justice Minister Mark Golding announced the changes recently. According to Golding, “the island’s Cabinet approved the decision to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act to make the law a less punishable offense by allowing the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana.” Comment

Executive action to aid immigrants

National: President Barack Obama says he will use his executive power to make significant changes to the nation’s immigration system without Congressional approval, blaming Republicans for the collapse of legislative efforts. Comments (4)

U.S. BOWS OUT

The USA bowed out of the World Cup in a 2-1 loss to Belgium in Salvador, Brazil despite a Herculean defensive effort, led by goalkeeper Tim Howard. Howard set a World Cup record of 16 saves, the most in a World Cup, but that simply wasn’t enough for the U.S. Said Howard after the game, “We just couldn’t give anymore.” Comment

Reggae fans groove at Roy Wilkins Park

Music: Thousands of reggae fans migrated to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on June 29 to attend the most anticipated event of the summer, the 4th annual Groovin in the Park festival known as New York’s most classy summer music festival of the year. Headlining this year’s event was Reggae hit machine Beres Hammond and Australian pop-rock legends Air Supply. Comments (1)

CARICOM leaders face packed agenda

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean community leaders were expected to assemble in the Eastern Caribbean island of Antigua this week for their main annual summit with tough issues such as reparations or making Europe pay for enslaving millions of Africans, restructuring the integration movement and fixing stalled free trade negotiations with Canada as key agenda items. Comment

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mighty Sparrow receives Carlos Lezama Award

Trinidad and Tobago: The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Monday night bestowed the Carlos Lezama Lifetime Achievement Award on the Mighty Sparrow, the Calypso King of the World, at a gala reception in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Brooklyn community group honors 5

Guyana: Brooklyn’s APC (Action, Performance, Commitment) Community Services, Inc. last Thursday honored five community members during a gala celebration commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean community healthcare excellence

Last week, the first Caribbean Life Healthcare Awards gala celebrated the contributions and excellence of 48 Caribbean healthcare professionals. Held in the heart of Brooklyn’s Caribbean community, Tropical Paradise was filled with love and respect. Comments (1)

Looking back on Grenada’s revolution phase

Grenada: A huge debt is owed to filmmaker Bruce Paddington for the very important document he assembled for the Caribbean archives as producer-director of “Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution,” about the dramatic happenings that led to both emergence and implosion of the Maurice Bishop-led People’s Revolutionary Government in Grenada. Comment

Thousands rally in support of anti-gay Jamaica cause

Jamaica: Recently on Gay Pride Day when millions flaunted tolerance and support for the LGBT community, in one Caribbean city, more than 25,000 people rallied against the international parade by supporting a newly organized civil society group named Jamaica Cause -- Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation. Comments (9)

Blackwood, Gabriel unfairly treated

People: Jamaica’s middle order batsman Jermaine Blackwood who played his first Test match in New Zealand and scored a stylish 63 at the Queens’s Park in Trinidad was omitted from the final 11 at Kensington in Barbados for the third and final Test. Shannon Gabriel, the medium fast bowl from Trinidad & Tobago, who bowled appreciably well in the Test in Port of Spain at the Queens Park was also omitted from the final 11 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Comment

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